My Birdie

11 Jun

I got a parakeet last week.

Solomon is a beautiful shade of blue.

If he hears music, he chirps along. It’s nice.

I let him out of his cage when I get home in the evening, and he sort of flutters about a little bit, but then he finds a nice perch somewhere and just sits there.

The first time I let Solomon out of the cage, I chased him around the room trying to get him back into the cage and he just flitted from one perch to the next. It was really quite maddening. My friend then informed me that he would go back to the cage on his own when he got hungry.

So now I just leave him be when he’s out. And he just sits there.

Solomon could be exploring my house, but he just sits there. It’s like he doesn’t even realize he’s not in a cage. He doesn’t know he’s free.

Solomon and I have that in common.

I spent years being told what to do, what to think, and how my life was going to turn out. Then I left and years later, I’m still doing the same old things, even though I’m no longer caged.

When Solomon does venture out to explore, he always ends up flying into walls. It’s like he’s not even looking where he’s going. It’s really quite comical.

Solomon and I have that in common too.

I don’t literally walk into walls. But when you don’t really know what freedom means, you kind of just sit there, fearful of where the next move might take you and not really knowing what to do next. So you sit there until you sense danger. Then you flit and flutter a little bit, you fly into a few walls until you find another good perch — and you hope that it’s going to be safe for a while. You want it to be safe forever — but you just don’t know if that’s even possible. After waiting a while on your new perch, you start to get a little anxious because who knows what might happen next? So you flit and flutter about a little more. You’re looking for the security of the cage, and while you’re looking, you fly into a few more walls, get a few more bumps and bruises, and wonder what is going on and how you’re supposed to get what you need. Finally, you find it. You let yourself back into your nice, safe cage and wait for the door to close behind you.

Not realizing that although you feel safe, you have just lost your freedom.


Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Current Events


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2 responses to “My Birdie

  1. Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    June 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Hey Mari! Your little bird boy will eventually get curious and explore. Good for you in realizing that he needs freedom even if he doesn’t realize it yet. He, like you, will eventually adjust and thrive. I’ve had birds as pets for many years now and work with the local avian rescue. All pet birds need some time out of the cage. Right now I’m down to one rescued bird, a cockatiel named Leroy Jenkins and he is the joy of my life! Took him awhile to get used to being able to get in and out of the cage at will but he loves it now, explores the house and has even come up to my bedroom to wait me up some mornings. Enjoy your little guy!

    • marismuses

      June 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks! He’s getting a little more comfortable out of the cage. Last night he didn’t want to go back in when I went to bed, so I just let him be. For a while, he flew around a little bit and he kept running into the light chain in the kitchen. (I live in a very old building — it doesn’t have any light switches.) It was hilarious. I was just like, “Calm down Solomon! It’s ok!” When I went to bed, he was nowhere to be found. I heard him rustling around in the night, but when I got up in the morning, I still couldn’t find him. I figured he had to be around somewhere and he’d probably be in his cage when I got home from work — I was right. He’s such a good boy!! I love him!


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